Public Housing Residents

Family Public Housing

General Occupancy Communities

These communities will not give either elderly families or non-elderly families a preference over single applicants for admission to general occupancy communities  

HHA will consider the suitability of a development in relation to a families needs

If both a general occupancy community and a development for the elderly have units of appropriate sizes available , elderly families with children or young disabled family members may be housed in the general occupancy community.

Occupancy Standards

HHA occupancy standards specify the minimum and maximum number of household members who will be permitted to occupy dwelling units of various sizes, depending on family compositions and extenuating circumstances.

Things considered:

The need to assign a unit with the smallest number of bedrooms that will avoid overcrowding the unit or project and minimize vacancies.

Occupancy Guidelines:

Below are the minimum and maximum number of persons allowed in a unit based on the number of bedrooms.

Number ofBedroomsMinimum NumberOf PersonsMaximum NumberOf Persons

Room Sharing:

Rooms may be assigned so that persons of the opposite sex, other than husband and wife, may be required to occupy the same bedroom until they reach the age of 6.

Minors older than 3 years of age may share the same bedroom with an adult of the same sex, at the discretion of the family.

Living Room Sleeping:

Living rooms may be used for temporary sleeping purposes but may not exceed 60 days and must be requested by the family.


May not be used for sleeping for any period of time

Guests and visitors:

Additional bedrooms will not be provided for visitors or guests

Residents will be allowed to have visitors for a period of up to 14 cumulative days in any 12 month period.


May be made in the case of a family member requiring care during illness or recuperation from illness or injury

This must be certified by a medical professional.

Written permission must also be obtained form HHA

Who counts as a family member for establishing unit size?

Every family member, regardless of age, will be counted as a person

An unborn child will be counted as a member of the family household when the fetus is in the 3rd trimester

Foster children are counted as family members to determine bedroom number

How many people will be assigned per bedroom?

Two people per bedroom UNLESS there is no unit of a suitable size available for transfer of the family.

How can rooms be shared?

Children of different sexes may share a bedroom until the eldest is 6 years old. Except where no unit of a suitable size is available for transfer of the family.

Live-in aides will normally be provided a separate bedroom.This is at the discretion of the family

Persons with health concerns:

For reasons such as old age, physical disability, etc. a separate bedroom may be provided for such individual

This must be verified by a medical professional.

Single head of household and child

Will be required to share a bedroom until the child reaches three years of age and a unit of appropriate size is available for transfer

If the HHA determines a family is under-housed:

HHA will recommend the family transfer to a unit of appropriate size.

These transfers are affected prior to voluntary or family requested transfers.

What if the HHA can’t fill units with families of appropriate sizes and types?

It will house eligible families of the most nearly appropriate sizes on a temporary basis.

These families will be informed, before moving in of the dwelling lease agreement “to transfer to an appropriate size dwelling unit, based on family composition, upon appropriate notice by HHA that such a dwelling unit is available”.

Impermissible tenants:

Former tenants of the HHA who have been evicted to occupy the unit for ANY period of time are not allowed to become tenants again.

Information given to family:

Families will be informed of maximum and minimum number of persons allowed per unit

Families will be kept informed of their status and movement on any wait list or sub-list maintained by HHA for which they are eligible.

Acceptable requests by a family:

Families may be placed on a waiting list for a smaller unit than they are eligible

If a family opts for a smaller unit, they will be required to sign a statement agreeing to occupy the unit assigned at their request until their family size or circumstances change.

Families must declare in writing the waiting list on which they want to be placed.

The HHA will change the families sub-list at any time while the family is on the waiting list at the family’s request.

For Flat Rent Information see the following chart: 2019 Flat Rent

For more information look to the: Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy